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GEOG 347: Environmental Alteration: Home

Course Professor

Nathan Amador Rowley, Ph.D.


Dr. Rowley is trained in Physical Geography with specialization in climatology/climate change, and remote sensing and GIS. His research interests include both cold and warm regions. His work on the Greenland Ice Sheet looks at dynamic interactions between the ice sheet surface and the atmosphere - paying particular attention to melt lake patterns and distributions. His interest in the tropics is through his connections at OWU where he investigates the environmental impacts of ecotourism and development in small communities in Costa Rica. For this he uses unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) to map communities and work with its members on developing environmental research questions.

Course Assignment

Students in Geography 347 will be doing a case study on a human impact of importance. Many resources will be needed, and this guide will point students to various resources that are authoritative and good places to gather information on their topic. Students doing a writing option in this course will need to pay particular attention to gathering a wide variety of scholarly sources. There are several steps that should be taken throughout this research process:

1.  Educate yourself about the context of your topic.

2.  Understand the meanings of the various jargon and subject-specific words and phrases.

3.  Read broadly about your topic by using encyclopedias.

4.  Pay attention to descriptive words used with your topic since these are words to use in your searches.

5.  Gather more information by using books or book chapters that have been written about your topic.

6.  Get scholarly research articles about your topic by searching databases.

7.  Discover additional web-based resources that pertain to your topic.

8.  Cite your sources to give credit where credit is due and to avoid plagiarism.